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Top 10 Active Adventures for 2019

Does the thought of lying on a beach with a book bore you? If you’d rather recharge your batteries by getting your blood racing, then check out this selection of our favourite activity holidays for 2019. From city cycling to traditional hunter-gathering, from white-water rafting to mountain trekking, there should be something on this list for all you intrepid adventurers out there.

 

Mountain treks and whitewater rafting in Sri Lanka

Enjoy trekking, cyling, and white-water rafting on an action-packed adventure around Sri Lanka, Lonely Planet’s top country for travel in 2019. Climb Adam’s Peak in the early hours in time for sunrise at the top, take part in a white-water rafting session on the Kelani River, spot elephants and sloth bears in Wasgamuwa National Park, and cycle the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.


TRIP CODE
EAKA

GROUP TOUR from £1479 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- See Elephants and Sloth bears in Wasgamuwa
- Climb Adam’s peak in time for sunrise
- See Ancient Polonnaruwa by bike and complete Knuckles Forest trek
- Whitewater rafting session on the Kelani River

 

See South China by bike & kayak

Discover a world of natural wonder and big city glamour. Hike through the Longji Valley and its rice terraces and admire their majestic beauty, cycle amongst the dramatic karst-dotted countryside of Yangshuo and the abandoned towers of Kaiping, and paddle your kayak along Hong Kong’s tranquil coast.


TRIP CODE
ICBXA

GROUP TOUR from £1340 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Start off with scenic bike ride through Kaiping, revealing the hidden history and clan culture of its many abandoned diaolou (fortified tower houses).
- Spend time hiking the rice terrace-carved landscape of Longji and visiting communities that call this pocket of China home.
- Cycle amongst the dramatic karst-dotted countryside of Yangshuo that has been immortalised in countless traditional Chinese paintings.

 

Australia Expedition: Traditional hunting and gathering

East Arnhem Land lies in the farthest reaches of remote Northern Australia. This vast and rugged wilderness is where the Yolngu people have lived for millennia. Even today you’ll still find clans fishing, sailing and enjoying the homeland of their ancestors. Discover this beautiful stretch of traditional land, as you are welcomed by the Yolngu people and learn their traditional methods of hunting, fishing and gathering.


TRIP CODE
IPLBA

GROUP TOUR from £3435 for 7 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Join us for privileged and exclusive access to East Arnhem Land.
- Take part in traditional hunting, fishing, and gathering on country
- Learn about gender roles and responsibilities, kinship and moiety, stories about the area and history of the region

 

Explore the valleys of Cappadocia, Turkey

Experience Turkey from a different perspective as you abandon well-worn routes in favour of its unexplored terrain, delving deep into Turkey’s historical heart. Hike and cycle the valleys of Cappadocia, famous for its rock formations called ‘fairy chimneys’. Take a kayak trip on crystal clear waters over a sunken city near Kekova. Take up the challenge and be amazed by all that this active travel adventure has to offer.


TRIP CODE
IERXT

GROUP TOUR from £970 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Get a taste of incredible Istanbul and its bustling backstreets
- Hike and Cycle the Valleys of Cappadocia and picnic amongst a forest of Fairy Chimneys
- Visit Ephesus’s astounding Roman ruins, where the Greco-Roman world still feels very much alive

 

Trek the famous Kokoda Track

Surrounded by dense greenery, glistening rivers and incredible views, the historical 96 km Kokoda Trail is one of the world’s most impressive and demanding walks. Undertake seven days of steamy trekking through the dense Papua New Guinea heat. Meet friendly locals along the way and test your personal stamina as you wind your way through this rugged, mountainous landscape.


TRIP CODE
ITESA

GROUP TOUR from £2695 for 11 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Trek the famous Kokoda Track with a local cooperative that ensures local villages and communities benefit directly
- Follow in the footsteps of the Australian and allied soldiers who battled to defend Port Moresby from advancing Japanese forces in 1942. Hear incredible tales of courage and personal sacrifice from the local historian who accompanies you on the trek
- Meet friendly locals and stay in remote villages

 

Nature rafting & husky walking in Wild Finland

Discover the remarkable wildlife of far Eastern Finland, watching eagerly from a hide for the arrival of Brown bears. Experience the Finnish wilderness of Oulanka National Park, with its white-water rivers, spruce forest and scotch pine. Walk with huskies along the Oulanka Canyon Trail. Embark on a gentle rafting excursion along the River Kitka and soak up the tranquillity of nature on this Scandinavian adventure.

 


TRIP CODE
EWBF

GROUP TOUR from £1549 for 6 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Two evenings spent in a hide observing Brown bears
- Nature rafting, husky walk and follow the 'Little Bear' trail
- Soak up the tranqulity and stillness of Oulanka National Park in summer
- Bright nights with up to 22 hours of daylight

 

Cycle Colombia's serene highlands

Cycle and sweat through steamy jungle scenery, coffee plantations and colonial towns nestled in verdant hills on this bicycle tour of Colombia's famed coffee region. Find out how to roast the perfect blend during a tour of a working coffee plantation, join a guided hike through the Cocora Valley, home to hummingbirds and the world's tallest palm trees, and try your hand at tejo, a traditional Colombian throwing sport in which the targets are filled with gunpowder.


TRIP CODE
IGGXX

GROUP TOUR from £1695 for 8 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Bogota is the treasure trove of Colombia's rich history. Explore its museums and galleries at your leisure, then tour its excellent Paloquemao Market.
- Enjoy a “Ciclovía” morning, the way literally millions of locals do, having the opportunity to see different areas of cosmopolitan Bogota.
- Cycle and sweat through steamy jungle scenery, coffee plantations and colonial towns nestled in verdant hills.

 

Hike, bike & raft in fairytale Slovenia

Mountain bike through mountain pastures to outstanding lookouts in Triglav National Park and raft over the rugged rapids, gates and pools of the Sava Dolinka River. With its emerald-green lake, tumbling waterfalls and deep green forest alongside the Julian Alps, Bohinj is a gorgeous active paradise and ideal base for your Slovenia adventure.


TRIP CODE
IZMXS

GROUP TOUR from £970 for 8 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- From the top of Mt Vogel, hike along lush trails, looking down to the valley where deep green forest meets the endless blue of the glacial Lake Bohinj
- Cycle through mountain pastures to outstanding lookouts in Triglav National Park
- Famous for its fairytale-like surrounds – including an emerald-green lake with a church in its middle and medieval castle – Bled is a joy to explore. It also produces a delicious local cake (Bled cream cake – make sure to try it).

 

Explore the technicolour Cinque Terre

When entering this region of Italy, things can seem a little surreal. The houses are painted in vivid multi-coloured shades, the sea is brighter than the sky and the sun rains down so heavily that everything seems a little technicoloured. Welcome to the Cinque Terre! Visitors will discover medieval churches and castles, dazzling cliff-side houses, and dramatic coastlines as they explore the area on foot, by bike, and by kayak.


TRIP CODE
IZGXT

GROUP TOUR from £1365 for 8 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Dazzling cliff-side houses and an impossible coastal location make Cinque Terre one of the world's most romantic destinations
- Adventure through the area's most scenic trails on foot and by bike, including parts of the classic coastal route, all under expert local guidance. Take to the water on a kayak trip to secluded beaches
- If you'd rather spend more time relaxing on the beach, there's flexibility in some places to take a train instead of hike

 

Wilderness walking in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Discover a stunning country with beautiful scenery and a fascinating culture. Bosnia & Herzegovina has swathes of rugged wilderness, including the Sutjeska National Park, which boasts one of Europe’s last primeval forests, as well as the mighty Durmitor Mountains. Travellers will enjoy 9 days of walking, including an ascent of Bosnia's highest peak, Maglic Mountain (2,386m), passing hidden waterfalls and glacial lakes.


TRIP CODE
ETVH

GROUP TOUR from £1279 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Discover a stunning country with beautiful scenery and a fascinating culture
- Climb Bosnia's highest peak - Mt Maglic (2,386m)
- Delve into the highlights of Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik, Croatia

 
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